February 2, 2013
I've seen a few instructable-type tutorials here and there that just look too good to be true. My favorite was someone trying to convince you that you could run your flat-screen TV by splicing a AAA battery holder into the power cable provided with it. In any case, I came across a tutorial today (an electronic instrument complete with its own URL and Makerfaire badge) that should have been a straight-up download, upload, hook up some pins and a speaker rig and all I got was one tone, with no reaction to the Inputs.
It got me wondering (and I'm not really ready to say that this is fake-just that it got me thinking about these), have you guys come across this kind of thing often? People putting up tutorials, walkthroughs, code and tips that just don't work IRL? What are they getting out of it? Attention? Is it really that gratifying to pretend you succeeded where you failed then trying to convince people that "It worked for me-you must just be doing it wrong!"